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The blueberries are huge and delicious! The black raspberries are winding down. We still have some available but they will only last a little while longer. The red raspberries are sparse not sure why but our plants appear to be dying.  I planted an English walnut tree in that area and maybe that is the problem? The black berries are going to be plentiful this year they are already making berries and are red . They are going to be early this year too. My husband has been picking so we have been selling prepicked along with having the you pick. Thanks to all the folks who have came out and persevered the heat to pick berries.  We also have fresh free range eggs available and goat milk soap.  The eggs are $1.50/dozen and the soap is $2/bar. It does make your skin soft!  We also have a couple of bucklings for sale for anyone searching for a herd sire for their goats. They are 6 months old and weigh in around 80-85 pounds. One is a purebred for $250 and the other is an 88% commercial buckling and he is $175.  We are also selling our 5 year old purebred buck for $500.  He is great with the girls, easy to handle and throws beautiful parasite resistant kids.  Have a great July 4th, handle fireworks with care and stay safe!    Jill Zink

kids and berries

Our new kids are growing faster than weeds.  We have some very impressive bucklings this year.  They seem to be built with large bones and long bodies.  The kids are very colorful this year.  I think God had a good time and great imagination when creating them. 
 The weather is finally starting to break so we also need to get busy on the berry patch and try to stay ahead of the weeds and pruning. 
The end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 has given us some  tough losses recently with the loss of  my step mom, a dear friend of ours, and 2 very much loved dogs Bear and Bailey.

Berries and goats

Blueberries are available, they are ripening faster than what we expected.  Black berries are really turning red so they should be available in 2-3weeks.  For those who follow the bucks in the buck test they are still doing good. Anxious to see their next weigh in.  We weaned the last 2 bucklings over the weekend.  I think they and their mom are all hoarse from crying.  They both were 60+ pounds. 

b erries and goats

The blackberries are blooming and the red and black raspberries are growing.  The blueberries were full of blooms but got nipped by the frost.   We would apppreciate any donation of old bedsheets so we can make row covers for our blueberry bushes.  The raspberries will only have a fall crop this year since we replanted them last fall. 
     Maggie and Lucky have not been around for roughly 6 weeks now.  I hope and pray they are just hanging out with other deer and are safe.

new babies

The new kids are sure bouncing around and growing like weeds.  We put a stack of skids in an area that they can get to and jump on.  The bigger they get the more it looks like we have.  They already love attention and want you to pet them and play.  We are trying to get the DNA done on everyone so they will be DNA genotyped and parentage verified.  All the does are being good mothers and even the 2 sets of triplets seem to be getting satisfied.  Tomorrow we are going to weigh them again to check their average daily gain.

Berry Update

Blackberries are still plentiful.  We had an issue with ground bees and burnt out their nest tonight.  Hopefully there aren't any more in the berry patch but we are going to try and weedeat through the blackberries and that will surely stir up any in that area.  We were thankful for the shower we got but I know we could still use more rain.  I don't believe it was enough to help the blueberries set fruit but miracles do happen.  The raspberries are taking their sweet time ripening for the fall fruit set but the good thing is that they will produce another crop.  Maggie Mae and Lucky came to the house around 3:30 this afternoon and hung out until around 6:15 this evening.  They ate some corn and hay then just lay in the shaded area of the front yard until it was bottle time.  I have decided that during hunting season I want to get a paint stick like they use at sale barns and write PET on their sides.  Hopefully hunters in the area will respect the fact that they are bottle babies and not take aim.  I just hope they will take refuge on our property during that time and remain safe.  I would like to find a good home or homes for some of our goat whethers so if any of you hear of anyone desiring a goat pet for brush clearing or companionship I would appreciate it if you would mention our babies.  They range in age from 2 years old to 7 months old and are all very loving and gentle.  They need a place that they can browse for food (they prefer a wooded area with brush) , have shelter from the hot sun, rain, and cold winters, and fresh clean water to drink. We are also going to be selling some bucklings that will be ready to breed in the late fall.  They are also very people friendly and enjoy being loved on.  Also if anyone knows of someone that would like to find a home for a hen turkey or two I think Peep Peep would calm down and not be so protective of me if he had a real girlfriend.  Warrior our New Zealand buck seems to be walking better.  He is by no means back to normal but with each passing day I at least am not thinking about having to have him put down.  I am thankful for that since he is such a beautiful buck and throws awesome babies.  We got another set of results back from the buck test in Oklahoma yesterday and our boys are doing good.  Two of them (Momma & Warriors ) are gaining weight and showing excellent parasite resistance.  Samantha & Zorros buckling is still superior in parasite resistance (has had no parasite eggs in his feces to date) but actually lost a pound in the 17 days.  I am not sure why since the other two gained, one 4lbs. and the other 8 lbs. but hopefully he will get use to their forage and heat and catch up.  Gunner the new horse has really caught on to the idea of shadowing my steps.  I plan on working with him on side passing and then teaching him to dance the electric slide with me.  He honestly seems to enjoy the attention and is very in tune to my game of shadowing.  I think with lots of love and patience he will enjoy learning as much as I will enjoy working with him.  I want to get him to do it with music so he can get to feel the beat. LOL   We are very happy to have him as a new addition to our family and I want to expose him to many different disceplines and see which ones he enjoys the most.  I believe that  he will be a wonderful all around horse.  I am hoping to compete with him in the extreme cowboy trail challenge next year which is where you race your horse through obstacles.  He seems to be unafraid of things that most horses find spooky.  Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend.  Jill Zink 

berry update June 28th Tuesday

There are plenty of raspberries for picking.  There are still some blueberries to ripen but we are anxious for the next bushes to start blooming.  There won't be a daily blog on Thursday or Friday this week since I will be out of state taking our bucklings to Oklahoma.  You will still be welcome to come pick on those days since my son and his family will be here to feed and take care of the business. 
    One of our hens has hatched out 2 new chicks.  One is yellow and one is  black.

Sunday June 26th Berry update

         At this time there is only a small amount of blueberries left to ripen (several pounds) and our mid season are not yet blooming.  There are still alot of raspberries yet to ripen but will need a day to be plentiful again.  The blackberries are still a couple weeks? away from being ripe. 
         Update on  the deer:  They are now living in the woods full time and I just walk down to feed them their bottles twice a day.

Berry Update

Saturday June 25th 
 There are several pounds of red raspberries that are ripe and ready to be picked.  The blueberries have been well picked over the last few days and it will be several days before there are any ready to be picked.  I was surprised when I saw the raspberries  we had pickers for several days in a row and they were keeping them picked clean.  It was just a week ago that we got our first berries off for the season and it amazes me how quickly they are ripening.

1st day of berry picking

       June 17,2011
    Today we picked the first berries of the season.  We only had 2 lbs. of raspberries and  we picked 2 lbs of blueberries.  There were still a few more blueberries but we thought we'd leave them  a bit longer.  The raspberries will be a few days before there are any more ripe.  This season everything seems to be behind a couple of weeks.  We are going to have our blackberries and raspberries tested by a lab next week to see what is causing  some of them to die and the blackberry canes seem to have died back  halfway down the canes.
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